Late For Work Permission Slip
Frustrated with all the road construction in La Crosse? Is your boss angry because the congestion is making you late for work? Then print off this handy permission slip and hand it your boss, compliments of WIZM!
No government shut down for Minnesota. That after a final 2 year spending plan was approved by lawmakers over the weekend. Majority Leader Joyce Peppin spoke on the House floor during debate on the Education Finance Bill. Pre-K funding is what brought out a special session of the legislature. The Omnibus Education Finance Bill adds $1.4 billion to schools in Minnesota that translates to a 2% increase in the per-pupil formula for 2016 and 2017. In addition, there is funding for Pre-K scholarships for those families who are not financially able to send their 4 year olds to pre-K.
On Friday, House Democrats handed President Barack Obama a stunning loss on his trade agenda by failing to advance trade promotion authority. Congressman Ron Kind, who voted for two trade bills, said there is no question that with 95% of the world's population living outside our borders the United States needs trade to compete in the 21st century global economy. Republican leaders passed a stand alone bill that would grant the president the trade negotiating authority he sought. But that measure cannot go to the president for his signature because the Senate version of the legislative package combined both trade adjustment and trade promotion. Under the House rule both bills needed to pass to advance the overall trade bill.
Police in Tomah have seized several firearms from the house of a man who was arrested after a standoff early today. The Combined Tactical Unit of Monroe County responded to Alan Pisarek's house after getting information that Pisarek was drunk and armed. He's a convicted felon. Pisarek gave himself up after speaking on the phone with negotiators, and was taken to jail to face possible charges. The arrest happened in the 14-hundred block of Butts Avenue in Tomah.
There's a new top dog in the La Crescent-Hokah School District. The school board there has named Kevin Cardille, principal of Pine Island Public High School as their new superintendent.
Cardille is replacing Ron Wilke, who announced his resignation in April. Wilke becomes the new superintendent for the Watertown-Mayer School District in the Twin Cities.
Sparta Police Chief David Kuderer said that over the weekend there were four separate incidents involving suspicious minor explosions in the city which likely were from fireworks, so didn't want to take any chances on what was found Monday morning. Kuderer said that around 8:00 a.m., a garbage man found a pipe bomb in front of a home on Julie Avenue. After notifying police, several homes near the device were evacuated as a precaution. A bomb squad robot shot the end of the device off so they could look inside the tube. But it wasn't a bomb. It was a pipe filled with marijuana. Their investigation continues into the incident. No injuries were reported.